With everything moving forward with the live-action Pokemon film under the working title of Detective Pikachu, a bit more of the production side has been finalized. Legendary Pictures has brought in Rob Letterman to direct it. Letterman’s not exactly a household name but he’s got some solid credits that should make this work. His most recent film was the live-action Goosebumps and he also directed the CG film Monters Vs. Aliens. He was also the writer and director for Shark Tale.
Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are on board as the writers for the project. With a lot of attention on the franchise thanks to the Pokemon Go game, new Nintendo DS games out for this holiday season, and a host of book projects that are moving through for the holiday season, it’s little surprise that this film is going to be moving at a pretty good clip. Nicole Perlman has seen her star rise since working on Guardians of the Galaxy and she’s currently co-writing Captain Marvel with Meg LeFauve. Alex Hirsch is known more by a different crowd as the creator behind Gravity Falls, the very popular Disney XD series. The inclusion of the two to help lay the groundwork for what this film could become is definitely intriguing.
As we learned this summer from Deadline, the feature franchise will be built around Detective Pikachu, a character in the Pokemon universe. Universal Pictures, who has had some very strong box office years recently with its live-action and CG animation slates, will distributor worldwide outside of Japan as they and Legendary are producing partners.
According to The Pokemon Company, the original property has sold more than 279 million video games since its inception, 21.5 billion TCG cards in 74 countries and the animated series has been running for 19 seasons.
The Pokémon Company’s longtime movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it had similarly done in its partnership with Legendary on Godzilla.